Illinois Judge affirms $8.2 million Wrongful Death Award
Posted on November 24th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
An Illinois federal judge affirmed an $8.2 million verdict in a wrongful death claim against the United States and a hospital in St. Louis over the failure to diagnose an abscess behind the plaintiff’s abdomen. The suit names the United States because the St. Louis hospital operation a program in conjunction with a Southern Illinois air force base. The plaintiff’s allege that doctors at the hospital failed to diagnose and treat the abscess in time to save the victim’s life. The jury in the original trial found in favor of the plaintiffs, awarding them $8.2 million, which included compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and $7 million for loss of consortium. Both defendants appealed, and the 7th Circuit order paxil 40mg Court upheld the finding of liability but vacated the award for loss of consortium, sending the case back to the federal court with suggestions on how to calculate damages. However, due to the family’s dependence on the victim and the uniqueness of the case, the Judge said the amount decided on by the jury was not inappropriate, and he affirmed the amount of the award. If you lost a loved one because of someone’s negligence or intentional act, it is important that you know you don’t have to face those who were responsible alone. At Page Cagle in St. Louis, our Wrongful Death Attorneys have the skill and knowledge to aggressively litigate your claim and get you the compensation you and your family deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.